Agenda and draft minutes
Venue: Tor Sports and Leisure, Street Road, Glastonbury, BA6 9EF
Contact: LCN Team Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Apologies for Absence
To receive any apologies for absence.
Apologies were received from Councillors Gail and Ashman.
Declarations of Interest
To receive and note any declarations of interests in respect of any matters included on the agenda for consideration at this meeting.
(The other registrable interests of Councillors of Somerset Council, arising from membership of City, Town or Parish Councils and other Local Authorities will automatically be recorded in the minutes: City, Town & Parish Twin Hatters - Somerset Councillors 2023 )
There were none.
The notes from the meeting held on 27 November 2023 were proposed by Councillor Simon Carswell and seconded by Councillor Chris Bennett and were unanimously agreed.
Our LCN Purpose and Mission
To discuss the purpose of the LCN and our mission.
The Chair read out the Mission Statement and invited the LCN members to discuss the purpose of the LCN and what it wanted to accomplish. There was a health debate and some of the questions and answers included the following:
The Chair then proposed that a Highways Sub Group be formed and asked for volunteers. The following people expressed in joining this sub group:
LCN Officer, Kate Hellard, then delivered a presentation on the Highways Steward concept which had successfully been started in the Exmoor LCN area. She advised that the Steward could start as early as 1st April 2024 but could also be appointed later in the year. Stewards would have to be appointed for a minimum of a year and Towns and Parishes could share the appointment. There was a request that the PowerPoint presentation be shared immediately with the LCN and that further information be sent to both the Clerks and Chairs of the Parish/Town councils. There was a suggestion that if the bigger Town or Parish Councils appointed a Highways Steward, they could potentially “rent” time to the smaller parishes who may not have enough funds to buy into the scheme.
Discussion on Local Asset and Service Devolution
· What are the concerns of our Parishes and Communities?
· What can we do together?
During the group discussion, the LCN members highlighted the following:
Public Question Time
The Chair to advise of any questions, statements or petitions received that are not covered by items on the agenda for the meeting on which members of the public have requested to speak.
A question from a member of the public regarding the provision of a pedestrian crossing by the KFC in Glastonbury was raised. She said she had been trying to find someone within the Council to assist her with getting one in place which would greatly benefit all pedestrians but in particular, the residents of the Millstream Estate. She was advised to contact the Somerset Divisional Councillors Susannah Hart and Nick Cottle but said she had been trying for over a year to do this but had no response from them. She was advised to raise it through the newly formed Highways Sub-Group and also approach Glastonbury Town Council.
Update from the Health Working Group
Nathan Turnbull advised that the Health Working Group had not met since the last LCN meeting. He was keen to get more people involved and asked for volunteers to join the Health Working Group. The following indicated their interest in joining the Working Group:
Action and Next Steps
The Chair, Councillor Matt Martin, asked the LCN to consider what actions they wanted and subjects for the next meeting agenda. The following were the suggestions made:
Dates of future meetings
The date of the next Avalon and the Poldens LCN was given as Wednesday, 27 March 2024. Location to be determined.